Medical and psychological support in space are very important for astronauts because they may suffer from physical stress in microgravity or from the psychological stress due to the closed and isolated environment, as well as cross-cultural differences, in ISS.
Public Affair application
HDTV systems are expected to be used routinely on orbit. Taking images of intra-vehicular activity, observation of the Earth etc. on ISS will provide us the skills to handle with HDTV systems in space. Furthermore images will excite our interest in ISS and space.
HDTV camera is a camcorder, which is composed of a camera and video recorder in one body, and will record high definition images and voice on video tapes.
A converter unit supplies the power to the HDTV camera and converts video format from HD to SECAM* format for downlink through the Zvezda video transmitter system. Those hardware were assembled based on off-the-shelf hardware.
All medical experiment images will be down-linked using the Zvezda video transmitter, and medical conferences will be implemented between the on-orbit crew and the ground crew during medical experiments.
Some Public Affairs experiment data is planned to be downloaded as well. All experiment will be filmed on video tapes that will be analyzed after retrieval.
Future plan of Space Environment Measurement Experiment
JAXA is investigating installation of an HDTV camera on board “Kibo” after 2007.
Last Updated : February 9, 2005